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Friday October 09, 2015

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Enermax ETS-T40Fit White Cluster CPU air cooler, followed by our AMD Radeon R9 Fury X CrossFire at 4K review article. Finally, we took a good long look at the MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION motherboard.

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ASUS Reinvigorates PC Gaming At ROG Unleashed

ASUS today reinvigorates PC gaming at the ROG Unleashed event in San Francisco that celebrates nearly a decade of ROG innovations. Launched officially in 2006, ASUS ROG is the world’s leading brand for innovative PC gaming hardware that delivers the ultimate computing experience for gamers and enthusiasts. ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih debuts a new arsenal of Republic of Gamers hardware that showcases its unrivaled engineering talent with several new products, including the liquid-cooled GX700 and all-new G752 notebooks, ROG Swift PG279Q and PG27AQ monitors, Maximus VIII series motherboards, G20CB desktop, and RT-AC88U router.

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ROG systems and components are designed and engineered to the highest standards along with thorough feedback from the community of ROG fans and users. In addition to hosting the ROG Unleashed press conference, ASUS invited loyal fans to celebrate nearly a decade of ROG engineering excellence with early access to the latest systems and components before it goes on sale.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 600 @ Technic3D

be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ pcGameware

Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Storage: Centon C-380 480GB SSD @ BmR

WD Blue 4TB SSHD @ APH Networks

Video: 4K Gaming Build Guide @ techPowerUP!

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.10

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.10 details have been posted in the CD Projekt Red. There are over six hundred changes and reportedly weighs in at around 15GB, depending on platform.

And rightly so, because it's the largest collection of fixes, improvements and various enhancements we've brought to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to date. All told, it packs a pretty impressive six hundred changes, including fixes for a load of quests, optimizations that'll make things smoother on PC and consoles, over one hundred fifty stability improvements to iron out hiccups, additional conversations with key characters that will enhance your relationships with them as well as the story as a whole, and a major and much-awaited fix that should take a good bit of the pain out of dealing with items in the Inventory by improving how items are ordered and sorted.


Scientists Build World's Biggest Tsunami Machine

Grab your boogie boards, scientists have created the world’s biggest human-made wave generator!


Rosewill Viper Z Mid-Tower

Those of you in need of a new mid-tower case should check out this review of the Rosewill Viper Z at Legit Reviews.

The ATX case market is extremely competitive right now, so Rosewill will have to truly make an impression with their Viper Z for it to be considered a viable contender. With Rosewill tagging the Viper Z as a "ferocious warfare machine" and then including a windowed side panel and blue LED fans, this is obviously a case targeted towards PC gaming enthusiasts.


YouTube Star Buys $4.5M Home

Seriously guys, we are all in the wrong business. eek! Thanks to cageymaru for the link.

According to indefatigable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, it was 23-year-old YouTube megastar Jordan Maron who, via trust, plunked down more than $4.5 million for a sexed-up contemporary perched on a steep, city-view hillside high above L.A.’s Sunset Strip.


Digital Dependence 'Eroding Human Memory'

Crap, my digital dependence caused me to forget what I was going say about this story. confused

An over-reliance on using computers and search engines is weakening people's memories, according to a study. It showed many people use computers instead of memorizing information. Many adults who could still recall their phone numbers from childhood could not remember their current work number or numbers of family members.


Must Watch Video of the Day

I thought this was definitely the must watch video of the day. As always, you mileage may vary, but I think most of you will get a kick out of it. cool


You Can Find An Organ Donor On Social Media

Need a kidney? Have you tried Facebook? No luck? Try Twitter. Those are the places I would go if I needed an organ transplant. Wouldn't you? roll eyes (sarcastic)

Social media sites like Facebook are known for connecting people around the world as never before. They are also facilitating a somewhat illegal practice of buying and selling organs, according to an investigation from Al Jazeera.


5G Wireless Test: Faster Than Google Fiber

Tests are showing 5G speeds at four times the speed of Google Fiber? If those results are accurate, that's pretty damn impressive.

The test involves the concurrent use of 24 devices on the 5G network. According to Huawei, the average download speed was 1.34Gbps and peaked at 3.6Gbps. That’s nearly four times the speed of Google Fiber, and almost twice the speed of Comcast’s new, incredibly expensive, fiber service.


Gaming [H]eadlines

ARK: Survival Evolved Sells 2M @ Blue's News

Free Xbox 360 Online Multiplayer This Weekend @ GameSpot

More Star Wars Battlefront Beta PC Servers @ VG24/7

Project Cars patch 5.0 Details @ Shacknews

Show Off Your Display Set-Ups!

It's time once again to show off your display set-ups! With close to 23k posts and over 16.7 million views, this is a great way show off what you got and get a little feedback from your fellow [H]'ers. cool

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NASA Studying How Zero Gravity Affects The Brain

It's kind of odd that it has taken this long for these types of tests to be done.

Because there's no up or down in zero gravity, the way our brains calculate 3D space stops working. As it turns out, that can be problematic, with astronauts finding it hard to complete basic tasks. It's a phenomenon that NASA wants to learn more about, which is why the agency has started to test a crew's spacial awareness before, during and after their trips to space.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Core 500 @ Hexus

NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower @ CowcotLand

ETC.: Web Browser Performance Comparison @ HotHardware

Motherboards: Asus Maximus VIII Hero @ Technic3D

Power Supply: FSP Aurum PT-1200FM @ XtremeHardware

Storage: Thecus N4310 NAS @ Tweak.dk

Elon Musk: Apple Is The 'Graveyard' For Fired Tesla Staff

Elon Musk says that, if you ever get fired from Tesla, you can always go to work for Apple. Ouch.

Dismissing claims that Apple is poaching key members of staff from his own firm to work on its long-rumoured self-driving car project, Musk said: "Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard’. "If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding."


U.S.: Megaupload Defendants Don’t Need Expert Witnesses

Expert witnesses? You don't need no stinking expert witnesses!

Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants don't need to hire expert witnesses in the United States, the U.S. government argued today. Refuting claims that around $500,000 is needed to mount a proper extradition defense, the Crown prosecutor argued that incriminating admissions could not be trumped by technical know-how.


Mac Sales Reportedly Hit Two-Year Low

It looks as though the PC market isn't the only one suffering right now, Mac sales are at a two year low as well.

Analysts aren't in agreement over the rate of the slowdown, with IDC reporting a 3.4 percent decline in Mac units shipped and research firm Gartner reporting slowing growth of 1.5 percent. Both numbers point to the lowest growth rate in two years, according to The Wall Street Journal.


Pittsburgh Mayor: Verizon Broke Agreement To Provide FiOS To Entire City

I'm not sure how smart it is for Verizon to be pissing off the mayor of Pittsburgh.

"We have an agreement with Verizon that, over the course of several years, the entire city would be provided with FiOS," Peduto recently told WTAE-TV, "and it was the agreement that allowed them to start putting their lines in the public right of way. They have now broken that agreement."


Adobe To Fix Acrobat and Reader Flaws

Adobe announced today that it will be releasing security updates next week for eight flaws affecting Acrobat and Reader.

Adobe is planning to release security updates on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Macintosh. Users may monitor the latest information on the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) blog.


MSI Radeon R9 380 Gaming 2G Review

The crew at Real Hardware Reviews has posted a review of the MSI Radeon R9 380 Gaming 2G video card today that a certainly worth checking out. Here's a quote from the full review:

This card screams value. Everything from its excellent design, to its better speeds, to the excellent noise profile. All of this makes spending an extra 9 or ten dollars a no-brainer. More impressive still is it makes spending an extra $50 and stretching a budget to this card equally easy.


Star Citizen: The Beginning of the End

You know, it would be far more entertaining if we could just put Derek Smart and Chris Roberts in a cage match so they could sort out all their differences.

Chris Roberts, a self-professed "visionary" has never – ever – been able to complete a project on his own. Like ever. This fact is lost on those who aren’t really familiar with his industry track record. He is one of those artistes who works best when directed. Put him at the top of any project, and the potential for the project to fail, increases. This is not hyperbole, it’s a material fact. And it’s all right there in the industry history.


Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

New Amazon EC2 X1 Instance Type Powered By Intel Xeon Processor E7 v3

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new Amazon EC2 X1 instances, which will feature up to 2 TB of memory, a full order of magnitude larger than the current generation of AWS high-memory instances. Demonstrating the importance of obtaining the highest performance available, AWS selected the 4 socket Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8880 v3 (Haswell) to power the new instances. Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 based platforms, commonly used for mission-critical workloads in enterprise environments, feature up to 6 TB of memory and up to 72 cores in a 4 socket configuration. This scale up horsepower can enable real-time analytics via in memory computing and increased data center efficiency and reliability. AWS expects to have the X1 instances available in the first half of 2016. Check out the Intel blog for additional details. For more information on the AWS EC2 instances powered by Intel Xeon E7 processors, visit Amazon EC2 Instances.


Thursday October 08, 2015

Major Ransomware Campaign Disrupted

I'm not saying these guys are stupid...BUT...buying over eight hundred servers with stolen credit cards wasn't the smartest thing to do.

Cisco's researchers thwarted the activity of a single group of cyber-criminals responsible for 50% of all deployments of ransomware via the Angler exploit kit. The group conducted operations on such a large scale that by the end of the year they would have potentially earned more than $34 million / €30 million.


Verizon Hiking Unlimited Data Plans By $20

I have bad news for anyone that is still on Verizon's unlimited data plan. Starting in November, your monthly bill is going by $20.

The drastic increase, 66 percent, will affect some of its long-time customers who have until now survived the company's efforts to lure them away from prized unlimited plans in the era of data-gobbling mobile apps. Customers will see the higher price on their bills starting Nov. 15.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Raijintek Aeneas mATX Cube @ HardwareSlave

Cooling: Reeven RC-1205 HANS CPU Cooler @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 @ Hardware Secrets

Gaming: MGS V: The Phantom Pain @ Overclockers Club

Motherboards: Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 @ HotHardware

Storage: Plextor M6V SSD @ TechnologyX

The $1B City Where Humans Are Banned

First there was a fake town for testing self driving cars, now there is this billion dollar town that humans are banned from living in. Technology hates homeless people. wink

Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat rows of terraced housing in the suburbs. It will be supplied with pristine streets, parks, malls and a church. But no one will ever call it home.


Uber Hit With Lawsuit Over Alleged Sexual Assaults

Damn! We were so close to making it through the week without one of these stories.

The suit, filed Thursday in US District Court in San Francisco, claims Uber aims its marketing at young women who have been drinking but doesn't conduct adequate background checks on its drivers. That lapse has led to a number of sexual assaults, according to the 52-page complaint filed on behalf of two "Jane Does" who allege their Uber drivers sexually assaulted them.


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